Eyes fixed firmly on stardom

By TONY WHITE

GLENREAGH dirt biker Hugh Skidmore can boast a State title to his growing list of achievements.

The 14-year-old South Grafton Ex-Serviceman's Motor Cycle Club member won the 1316yrs 85cc 2-stroke NSW short course championships held at Cowra late last month.

He also finished runner-up in the 11-16 years 80-100cc twostroke class.

Since first climbing aboard a dirt bike as an eight-year-old, Skidmore has dreamed of one day competing as a road racer and following in the footsteps of Australian legends Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan and current Italian superstar, Valentino Rossi.

For the moment, though, road racing is too expensive and in the interim Skidmore is content to rack up wins on dirt and in junior speedway events adding to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.

He competes two out of four weekends every month.

Prior to winning the NSW Title, the Orara High School student, who trains on his father Peter's 30-acre property at Glenreagh, won the first round of the junior dirt track championships at Kurri Kurri.

He is a former winner of the Bali Ranch Track Masters at Raymond Terrace and was runner-up in his class at the Twilight Classic at Kurri Kurri.

Skidmore's talents have been recognised by a growing list of sponsors including Extreme Motor Cycle Repairs, Toormina, and Bob Jane T-

Marts.

Peter Skidmore, a former dirt bike racer who ended his racing days following an injury a couple of years back, acts as his son's chief mechanic and mentor.

"Hugh is looking ahead to the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships at Taree and we're planning to head to Townsville in July for the long track championships," Peter Skidmore said. "Hugh loves his riding.

"He hopes to go all the way."



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